students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit UI

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Parent Orientation

Students and parents can learn their way around campus and discover the many opportunities at UI. Orientation events are Aug. 18-21. Register

campus full of students

UI Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn More

Irina Kappler-Crookston

Irina Kappler-Crookston

Chair, Senior Instructor of Spanish, Spanish Section Coordinator, MLC Academic Study Abroad Advisor

Office

Administration Bldg. 314

Phone

208-885-8995

Mailing Address

Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3174

Irina Kappler-Crookston is the chair of the Modern Language and Cultures Department and a senior instructor in Spanish.

  • M.A., Spanish Literature (Iberian Studies), Washington State University, 1988 
  • Post-Graduate Diploma, Hispanic Studies, Universidad Complutenses de Madrid, 1980
  • B.A., French and Spanish Language and Literature, Washington State University, 1978

  • Second and third language acquisition
  • Intercultural communications
  • Cultural and linguistic changes due to immigration patterns
  • Spanish and Latin American culture and literature

  • Completed Fulbright Grant for a Fulbright Japanese teaching assistant for 2016-17 (submitted 1/10/2016)
  • Co-PI International Programs Grant to take 15 UI Honors students to Ecuador (Summer 2015) $5,000
  • PI Japan Foundation Grant to hire Japanese Instructor, 2015. $14,000
  • PI Japan Foundation Grant to hire Japanese Instructor, 2014. $14,000
  • UI Fulbright Gateway Orientation (organizer first year). Presented Sessions August 2014 and 2015
  • Abstract Reviewer for UI Micron-Idaho STEM Innovation Conference, 2012.
  • PI Micron STEM grant to fund a bilingual STEM-related summer camp for Head Start, Jerome, ID, 2012. $7,991
  • Fulbright Grant to bring FLTA Arabic from Egypt to MLC, 2012
  • Fulbright Grant to bring FLTA Arabic from Morocco to MLC, 2011
  • Fulbright Grant to bring FLTA Arabic from Saudi Arabia to MLC, 2010
  • University of Idaho STEM research projects in Boise and Jerome as a participant. Spanish Interviewer, 2010-2011
  • Co-PI: SBOE Technology Incentive Grant to create Spanish Transition hybrid course (2007). $65,000
  • Co-PI: Fulbright Hayes Grant that gave BSU, ISU and UI fund to take 21 teachers and future teachers of Spanish to Quito, Ecuador, for a 5-week seminar (1993). $43,000

  • Moscow High School: Provide support in the teaching of a second language to teachers, in particular with Extended Learning Internships (ELI).
  • University of Guadalajara, Mexico: provide cultural and language support for Moscow High School students and teachers on a turtle conservation station.
  • Oaxaca, Mexico: provide cultural and language support for Moscow High School students and teachers at a turtle conservation station and research aquarium.
  • Local Schools: provide international and cultural activities.
  • Local Schools: presentations about study abroad opportunities, higher education and careers.

  • Alumni Award for Excellence, December 2015, 2014, 2002, 1992
  • International Studies Program Distinguished Service Award, 2010
  • University of Idaho Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award, 2008
  • UI Friend of the Martin Award, Martin School of International Studies, May 2008
  • Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity “Hermana de Apoyo” Award. May 2007
  • College Assistance Migrant Program Faculty Appreciation Award, May 2007
  • Idaho Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award 2005-2006
  • University of Idaho Advisor of the Year Award, 2004
  • University of Idaho Service Learning Faculty Fellow, 2003
  • Fifth Player for the Woman’s Basketball Team, University of Idaho, 2000 (Faculty Award)

Modern Language and Cultures

Physical Address:
302 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221

Email: modlang@uidaho.edu

Web: Modern Language and Cultures Department

Directions